Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I doubted Heritage could run a 'straight' news site; I was right

Los Angeles Times, June 30, 2014

Mike Hiltzik is a financial columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Back in May, the right-wing Heritage Foundation launched the Daily Signal, which it said would be a paragon of nonpartisan "just true, straight-down-the-middle journalism."

I placed this in the you-gotta-be-kidding-me category. And last week, the Daily Signal proudly unburdened itself of a major investigation of the Affordable Care Act that proves our point. It's chock-full of bogus numbers, basic misunderstandings and tendentious verbiage.

The piece is headlined "Obamacare Exchanges are 'Disappointing' With Fewer than 4 Million Newly Insured. The Government Hoped for 26 Million." Misleading on both counts.

Its author is Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS News reporter whose name is familiar to followers of partisan news reporting; she left CBS earlier this year after having "grown frustrated with what she saw as the network's liberal bias," according to Politico. Followers of science-challenged reporting on health issues know her as a promoter of the thoroughly discredited claim that autism is linked to childhood vaccinations.

Back to her Daily Signal article. I will start with the headline claims. "Fewer than 4 million newly uninsured" is a figure resulting from an artfully narrow definition of Obamacare and extremely conservative math.

(More here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

It could well be that Hiltzik's analysis of Heritage is correct. I have to wonder, has he completed a similar analysis of NYT's, MSNBC, NPR and others?

7:55 PM  

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